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spiral

noun [C] uk   /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us    /ˈspaɪr.əl/
a shape made up of curves, each one above or wider than the one before: A corkscrew is spiral-shaped.downward spiral C2 a situation in which a price, etc. becomes lower, or a situation gets worse and is difficult to control because one bad event causes another: This year's downward spiral of house prices has depressed the market. We must avoid the downward spiral in which unemployment leads to homelessness and then to crime.
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verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us    /ˈspaɪr.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to move in a spiral: With one wing damaged, the model airplane spiralled downwards. If costs, prices, etc. spiral, they increase faster and faster: Spiralling costs have squeezed profits.spiral downwards (of prices, etc.) to get less, at a faster and faster rate

spiral

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ us    /ˈspaɪr.əl/
shaped in a series of curves, each one above or wider than the one before: a spiral staircase a spiral galaxy
Translations of “spiral”
in Korean 나선형…
in Arabic حَلَزون…
in French en spirale…
in Turkish sarmal, spiral, helezon…
in Italian spirale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 螺旋形…
in Russian спираль…
in Polish spirala…
in Spanish espiral, en espiral…
in Portuguese espiral…
in German gewunden, Wendel-…, Spiral-……
in Catalan espiral…
in Japanese らせん, 渦巻き…
in Chinese (Simplified) 螺旋形…
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